NASA Moonbuggy Race 2012
Most German School children will find it hard to conceive spending their Easter holidays in the US. This has however become routine over the last 6 years for the various pilots and mechanics of the European NASA-Moonbuggy-Race teams. This year was slightly different however and instead of the usual team consisting of 4-6 pupils, a total of 20 pupils from 4 countries set off to the rocket station of Huntsville Alabama to represent Europe. These 20 pupils were the only representation for the European continent.
The Moonbuggy Race is a NASA supported international competition designed to encourage both the advancement of scientific, technical abilities. The goal is to create a successor for the original Lunar-Rover - to create a vehicle powered by pure muscle force capable of successfully crossing a moon-like course. The competition requires the highest levels of technical ability, teamwork, enthusiasm, and mechanical proficiency and athletic ability from the teams in order to bring home the coveted first prize trophy.
The race took place on the 13th and 14th of April in Huntsville Alabama.